Family and Marriage

We’ve probably all heard it at some point, the idea that if a guy wants to know what his intended will be like in later years to look at her mother. Sometimes it might be true but not always. The strange thing is no-one ever suggests to a woman that they look at their intended’s father to see what he will turn out like. Wouldn’t you think that could be just as valid? Is this as my writer friend suggested a case of sexism? Or is there not such a strong link between fathers and sons as there is between … Continue reading

Words and Body Language

In marriage it’s important to watch our body language as well as our words. In a recent article a writer friend shared an example where a husband put his wife down in front of others. After being complimented by friends for the meal and commented that like her mother she was a good cook, the woman’s husband replied ‘Yes, it’s always important to take a good look at your girlfriend’s mother before proposing.’ The comment sounds relatively innocuous. It might even have been taken as a compliment, except for the body language that accompanied the comment. The rolling eyes, the … Continue reading

Different Strokes, Commands, and Dialogue for Different Pet Folks

Aimee recently wrote an article about how to speak cat. I couldn’t help but think of it when I watched the Elvis episode of “The Greatest American Dog.” The Tangled Leash Challenge In this “Greatest American Dog” challenge, the dogs and their owners were paired up. They had to attach their dogs to leashes that wound around various obstacles and intertwined with one another. Then, without touching their dogs, using verbal commands only, they had to navigate their dogs through the course. There were several obstacle sections to work through. Once they were free of one, they unhooked the dog … Continue reading

Yes, You Can Talk Too Much (And Too Loudly)

I write often here in the Home Business Blog about communication—how to communicate well with customers, clients, prospects and vendors. We’ve talked about different types of words that work well and how to negotiate sales and contracts—not to mention how body language can affect our abilities to be effective in our businesses. But, after being in a store over the weekend and hearing an employee who just wouldn’t stop talking (and he was talking loudly too), I thought it might be a good idea to mention that, yes, a person CAN talk too much and too loudly in the business … Continue reading

Dealing With Friends and Family Who Have Hearing Loss

It can sometimes be frustrating to deal with a friend or loved one who has hearing loss. You may feel like they aren’t paying attention to what you say, or just get tired of repeating yourself all the time. Talking to a person with hearing loss can be tiring and stressful! Here are some tips for better communication with a person with hearing loss. Use the person’s name so they know you are speaking to them. Face the person directly so they can see your mouth, your whole face, and the gestures you make. Even if they don’t catch every … Continue reading

Cultivating a Reputation for Honesty and Integrity

While you may feel and be a person who is honest and trustworthy in your home business, you may not be getting that point across to your clients and customers. There are some communication and body language techniques you can cultivate to let your customers and clients know that you are a trustworthy and honest person of character and someone with whom they can have confidence doing business with: It is important to be direct and honest with customers and clients from the very first interaction. Be careful that you don’t make any promises that you won’t be able to … Continue reading

How’s Your Handshake?

I remember several years ago, when there was a bit of a focus on “how to do” just the right business handshake. Recently, I was in a meeting and when I stood up to go, the man I was meeting with refused to shake my hand, muttering something about an injury and I realized how incomplete and unprofessional the meeting felt as soon as the handshake was abandoned. I thought this might be a good place and time for a little refresher course on the handshake: The rule is to remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and … Continue reading

Training: Body Language Matters

My dog Moose was surrendered to a shelter because he was “too stubborn”. This says to me that maybe his family didn’t take enough time in training him, but then stubbornness is a stupid reason to dump a dog into a shelter, if you ask me. I’ll admit, Moose is not the brightest dog in the bunch. It’s taken me a while (we just had our three year anniversary together last month) to learn what works and what doesn’t if I want Mr. Moose to listen. Obedience training needs three things from you to line up: your tone of voice, … Continue reading

Trying to Make a Sale? Watch Your Body Language

Body language and nonverbal communication are more important that you might think in your overall communication style. You may be saying all the right words and wondering why you are not getting anywhere with a prospect or customer. Here are some things to watch out for in your body language and nonverbal actions when you are trying to make a pitch or sale, or trying to influence other people: Watch that your body and facial expressions are open and comfortable and that they do not convey that you are closed, resisting, uptight or unapproachable. This can come across like you … Continue reading

Understanding the Language of Birth

Throughout your pregnancy, you will likely be reading about birth. You will encounter some words and phrases that will be unfamiliar. Learning some of the common language used during birth will help you feel more confident and prepared. Active labor is the phase of labor when your cervix reaches four centimeters until it is fully dilated. These contractions are more intense than early labor contractions. Analgesic medications are used to help dull the pain of labor. Some of these medications are given intravenously through an IV and others are injected into the muscle tissue. Back Labor occurs when the mother … Continue reading